Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Acer Inc. opened an experience center for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Thursday in Taoyuan County to showcase a new range of its cloud services.
The new center demonstrates cloud-based services such as e-books, e-auctions and e-ticketing that are already going online, as well as prototypes in cooperation with partners such as applications designed for smart vehicles and connected home appliances.
Acer CEO Jason Chen said at the inauguration ceremony that he expects his company's revenue from cloud business to grow "multiple" times this year thanks to the launch of its new cloud services.
He declined to specify the revenue target, saying only that cloud business accounted for just a small part of Acer's total revenue in 2013.
The BYOC is a system for users to put together cloud services that manage music and photos across Acer PCs and mobile devices, according to Acer.
The new business is part of the PC vendor's attempt to transform itself from a hardware company into a "hardware plus software plus services" company amid a shrinking global PC industry.
(By Jeffrey Wu; click here for the updated story)